However, Mexican Independence is celebrated in September each year.
The traditional holiday of Cinco de Mayo simply celebrates the improbable victory of approximately 4000 Mexican patriots over several battalions (8,000 troops) of the powerful French Army. Mexican patriots were outnumbered by a margin of nearly 2:1, but were fighting for their freedom. It was an amazing victory, and within the mixture of legends that have been handed down from this period of Mexico's struggle for existence, is one that involves bands of Zapotec Indians (possibly Mixteca Indians as well as private citizens) wielding machetes against the well-disciplined French soldiers. It is a good legend, but it is difficult to verify since such non-military involvement is not easily substantiated.